MBB : Boeheim downplays record win; Syracuse struggles on boards

first_img Published on February 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm After a game like this, Jim Boeheim wasn’t going to cherish his accomplishments.‘I’m upset over this game right now,’ the SU head coach said, ‘and we’ll address all that stuff when I retire. I’m happy to get this win, and I just don’t think about those goals.’Sure, the Syracuse head coach now has more wins — 880 — at one Division-I school than any head coach in history. Syracuse was outrebounded by 17, though, and won an overtime game by a hair. The Orange’s 64-61 win over Georgetown on Wednesday was hardly its best performance. But with the win, Boeheim passed legendary North Carolina head coach Dean Smith for third all-time among Division-I head coaches in wins, and he set the record for wins at one program.As he has when any personal records occur, though, Boeheim didn’t talk about it. He said all that matters to him is how his team does this season.Guard Brandon Triche grew up in Jamesville and his uncle, Howard Triche, played for Boeheim. The junior talked after the game about Boeheim’s legacy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Just watching him coach, play after play, he calls the play and about 90, 95 percent of the time, that play works,’ Triche said.Georgetown dominates rebounding battleDespite being the No. 2 team in the country and having national championship aspirations, there has been one area that has haunted Syracuse all season.And against Georgetown on Wednesday, Boeheim came to the realization that if his team can’t figure out how to rebound better, it will fall well short of those lofty goals.‘There’s just no excuse for us to rebound the ball the way we rebounded tonight,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s just not championship level. We just won’t win if we can’t rebound better than that. Period.’The Orange managed to overcome a 52-35 rebounding deficit to knock off the Hoyas 64-61 in overtime, but those numbers on the glass left Boeheim and SU with a disappointing feeling in the locker room after the win. Georgetown dominated the boards the whole game. Otto Porter reeled in 13 rebounds, Hollis Thompson hauled in 10 and Henry Sims gobbled up eight for the Hoyas.At one point in the first half, with Georgetown already owning eight rebounds to just five for Syracuse, the Hoyas grabbed nine consecutive missed shots to extend that margin to 17-5. A Kris Joseph miss in the middle of the stretch was followed by back-to-back offensive boards before Jason Clark finally knocked down a jumper.Greg Whittington then grabbed a Dion Waiters miss to regain possession for the Hoyas, and Georgetown grabbed two more offensive rebounds that led to a Hollis Thompson put-back.And the rebounding struggles have left SU searching for answers.‘We work on it every day in practice, but they’re still beating us on the boards,’ sophomore center Fab Melo said. ‘I don’t know. We know we have to do a better job.’But the Hoyas only managed to convert 23 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points, and SU held on for the win.‘There’s just really no excuse for the way we’re rebounding right now,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s a team effort. It’s everybody. It’s not one guy. We’ve got to find a way.’A rivalry examinedThere is still uncertainty about when Syracuse and Georgetown will play each other again.Wednesday’s overtime game between the rivals is the only meeting between them this season. They could play in the postseason, but after that — to be determined.‘It’s always been a good game. It always will be as long as we keep playing it,’ Boeheim said. ‘It will be a great game and it always is.’If anything happens to quicken Syracuse’s move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, this could be the last time the Orange and Hoyas meet as conference opponents. With Wednesday’s win, Syracuse leads the all-time series 48-39 and has won five of the last seven meetings.Joseph said he was pleased to reach a career-high 29 points against the Hoyas.‘It’s the last game I’ll ever play against Georgetown assuming that we don’t play them in the Big East tournament, so it was good,’ Joseph said. ‘I feel like I came out on top during this rivalry.’[email protected]@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img


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